PROFILE

Dr. Brijmohan Lall Munjal

(1st July 1923)

The founder of the Hero Group was your classic first generation entrepreneur. He was a man who started small, dreamt big and used a combination of grit and perseverance to create one of the country's largest corporate groups and the World's No.1 manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters.

Instinctive from a young age, Brijmohan Lall started his life in the late 1920s, when he walked into a newly opened Gurukul (Indian heritage school) near his home in Kamalia. He was only six years old then.

There began an extraordinary tale of courage and perseverance. Brijmohan began his business story after India gained Independence from British Rule in 1947, when he and his brothers relocated to Ludhiana. The family set up a company that provided people with basic transport (cycles). Three decades later, as India evolved, he added a second crucial chapter - which visualized affordable and technologically superior transport to millions of middle class Indians. The rest is history.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

building relationships

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS

When Brijmohan and his brothers started out, there was no concept of organized dealer networks. Companies just produced, and most dealers functioned like traders. Brijmohan changed the rules of the business by trusting his instincts; introducing business norms that were ahead of their time, and by investing in strategic relationships. Brijmohan built a series of bonds and networks with hundreds of vendors, dealers and employees. Much like the Japanese keiretsu system, these networks are now the glue that holds the Hero Group together.

Besides bonding with his vendors and dealers, Brijmohan was personally responsible for kindling a spirit of entrepreneurship amongst his employees, and today, 40 of his former employees are successful entrepreneurs.

STAYING AHEAD

Though not technically qualified in the conventional sense, only a few of his contemporaries have understood the dynamics of technology better than Brijmohan Lall had.

STAYING AHEAD

staying ahead

A CORPORATE CITIZEN

corporate citizen

A CORPORATE CITIZEN

A frugal upbringing and a value system modeled on the famous Gurukul system - which stresses the sanctity of the teacher-pupil relationship - imbibed in Brijmohan a strong sense of social commitment and responsibility.

There was a special place in his heart for Ludhiana, the city where he grew up. Today, Ludhiana is a modern, bustling city, but Brijmohan had played no mean role in its evolution. Several schools and educational institutions in Ludhiana owe their existence to the Munjal family.

The Ludhiana Stock Exchange owes its existence to Brijmohan's vision as does the Ludhiana Flying Club. He also set up the not-for-profit Dayanand Medical College and Hospital - an institute now rated as one of the best medical colleges in India.

In and around Dharuhera, near the first Hero MotoCorp plant, Brijmohan and his family have left their stamp of philanthropy. The Raman Kant Munjal Foundation - which Brijmohan set up in memory of his eldest son, today runs a higher secondary school and a very modern and well-equipped 100-bed hospital. The group has also adopted numerous villages and provides education, vocational training, drinking water, and improves infrastructure like roads, streetlights and sewerage.
 

REMEMBERING OUR HERO

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1923

1st July, 1923 - Birth

Kamalia, District Layallpur British India

Parents

Father: Bahadur Chand Munjal

Mother: Thakur Devi Munjal

1930

Joined Gurukul Near Kamalia

1938

Started Working in a Local Farm

1943

Worked in Army Ordinance Depot Quetta, Pakistan

1947

Boarded the Last Train Out of Kamalia Moved to Amritsar Moved to Agra Married Santosh Munjal

1949

Started His Own Business in Bombay

1951

Moved to Ludhiana & Joined His Brothers to Trade in Bicycle Components

1953

Started Manufacturing Bicycle Components

1956

Hero Cycles Established in Ludhiana

1959

First Trip to Germany to Import Latest Technology for Bicycle Chain Machinery

Met Mr. Ernst Mann His Technology Guru

1960

Rockman Cycles Established in Ludhiana 7.4 to Manufacture Chain and Bicycle Hubs

1962

Munjal Gases Established and Becomes the Second Ancillary in Ludhiana

1964

President of the Managing Society of Dayanand Medical College & Hospital Ludhiana

1968

Started Ludhiana Flying Club

1969

Highway Industries Established in Ludhiana

1976

On the Board of Directors of Punjab National Bank

1977

Rotary Distt. Governor

1978

Started Bahadurchand Munjal Arya Model School, Ludhiana & Ludhiana Management Association

1981

1983

Hero Honda Established in New Delhi

1985

Munjal Showa Established in Gurgaon

1987

Sunbeam Auto Established in Gurgaon

1990

Hero Cold Rolling Division Established in Ludhiana

1991

Hero Finlease Established

1994

Businessman of the Year by Business India Group of Publications

1995

President of Siam National Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Development of Indian Small Scale Industry

1997

Distinguished Entrepreneurship Award From the PhD Chamber of Commerce & Industry

1998

Business Leader of the Year by Business Baron

2000

Conferred Sir Jahangir Ghandy Medal for Industrial Peace by Xlri Jamshedpur

2001

Ernst & Young Entreprenuer of the Year

2003

Lifetime Achievement Award From the All India Management Association (Ana) For Management

2004

Doctorate by Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Hero Bpo Established

2005

The President of India Bestows Padma Bhushan

2006

Hero Realty Established

2007

Hero Mindmine Established

 

2009

Siam Golden Jubilee Award for Outstanding Contribution to Automobile Industry

2010

Bml Munjal Green Meadows Public School, Haridwar, Uttarakhand

2011

Lifetime Achievement Award by Ernst & Young

Doctor of Science by IIT Kharagpur

Lifetime Achievement Award for the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Award by Enterprise Asia

2012

Hero Future Energies Established

2014

Bml Munjal University Gurgaon, Haryana